Montana, Idaho, Wyoming Want To Be Heard On Longview Coal Terminal Permit

Dozens of people drove hundreds of miles from Wyoming, Montana and Idaho to Spokane Thursday to weigh in on a proposed coal export terminal. The terminal would sit along the Columbia River in Longview. But the permitting agencies want input from inland cities along the train tracks.
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Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel has called repeatedly for an inquest into the 2015 police shooting of farmworker Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco, Washington. Zambrano-Montes was throwing rocks in a crowded intersection when he was shot to death by three Pasco police officers.

Oregonians won't be voting this fall on whether to limit campaign finance contributions in state and local races. The Oregon Secretary of State's office has rejected wording on a proposed initiative that would have changed the state's Constitution to allow that.

GOP Politician Is Ammon Bundy's New Lawyer

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Ammon Bundy’s new attorney is a busy guy. Since 2000, Morgan Philpot has been a Republican member of the Utah Legislature, ran for Congress, Utah Governor and is currently campaigning for state senator.

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The latest tax-limiting initiative approved by Washington voters has been ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court.

Cascade Locks To Keep Fighting For Nestle Plant

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Leaders in the Columbia River Gorge community of Cascade Locks have spent more than eight years trying to convince Nestle to build a bottling plant there. They say last week’s overwhelming public vote against the plant is just the latest step – and are hoping a strange quirk in Oregon law helps their case.

You may have heard about "rails-to-trails" conversions. Thanks to some entrepreneurial bicycle enthusiasts, you don't need to wait for the rails to come out in two Oregon counties. Friday, a company begins offering scenic tours along Tillamook Bay using pedal-powered contraptions that ride on the rails.

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Trombonist Roger Finch performed in his final concert with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra (YSO) earlier this month after 45 years. He played highlights from Berlioz’ Romeo and Juliet and Bernstein’s West Side Story in the Capitol Theatre.

 

“We kicked its butt,” he said with a laugh.

 

The concert opened with an extensive standing ovation from the audience and symphony musicians as Finch walked onstage to take his seat. He wasn’t expecting such recognition.

 

DoveLewis Animal Hospital

DoveLewis Animal Hospital in Portland was scheduled to euthanize 10-year-old Sheltie Ollie after a week of quickly deteriorating health. But the discovery of a small tick saved the dog’s life.

 

His owners had taken a trip to the Umpqua River, but noticed after their return that Ollie became increasingly lethargic. Soon, he  couldn’t even eat without being hand fed.

 

Cover Oregon, Oregon’s failed health insurance sign-up website, continues to serve as political fodder, more than two years after state officials pulled the plug. Congressional Republicans have now asked for a federal criminal investigation into the Cover Oregon website mess.

It’s been five months since Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced that over a 13-year period nearly 3,000 prison inmates were accidentally released early. Wednesday, Washington Senate Republicans issued a 66-page report that places significant blame for the problem not being fixed on former corrections Secretary Bernie Warner.

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